by David DeFord
Most good novel and movie plots are based on the main character fighting overwhelming obstacles, nearly to his death, to accomplish some great, overriding purpose.
We love to see the hero achieve the goal to which they have so fully committed themselves. We're happy when they save their child from the evil stepfather, or save the world from tyrants, meteors, or alien beings.
We thrill to see the underdog defeat his archrival for the championship, or the girl find the man of her dreams even though she hated him at the beginning.
Each hero has a main overriding purpose that drives her past every obstacle, no matter how difficult, to achieve her desired end.
Contrast that vision with one where lines of beaten down 9 to 5 workers march with slumped shoulders, arms hanging limply to their sides. Each expressionless automaton waits in line to drop their card into the time clock and plop glumly into their chair in an endless row of cubicles.
With which figure do you most relate the movie hero or the blank 9 to 5 worker?
I suspect that your life falls somewhere between these two exaggerations.
The main difference between these two scenarios is that the movie heroes let nothing stop them because they believe that their purpose is so important that they MUST achieve it—a sense of mission.
The 9-to-5'ers just need to show up, do their small, unimportant tasks, and go home. They live to leave their work.
Those who MUST accomplish their end know that their task is so important that they can't let anything stop them! They have a higher purpose—significance.
The key to great achievement is finding that higher purpose-the sense that what we are doing is so important it MUST be done.
For those of us with families, our greatest significance comes from our work in our families. As we raise our children, we are making our greatest contribution to society. Fathers and mothers teach, nurture and mold our society one child at a time.
That said, we can also find wonderful significance through our work and our contributions to our communities.
Say you work as an insurance agent. How do you view your purpose? Do you sell insurance, or do you serve others by protecting their property and helping them feel secure that their loved ones will be cared for after they're gone.
Do you work in order to pay your bills, or to build wealth?
For each of your goals and tasks, find the higher purpose. Why are you really after them? Make a list. Who is counting on you to accomplish them?
Are your reasons strong enough to make you move past any obstacles in your path? Do you feel you MUST achieve?
In your work, think often about your consumer. How will their lives improve because of your work? Do you believe in your product or service?
If you cannot see significance in your work you can either change your career or find your higher purpose in activities outside of work. Discover ways to find your significance through volunteer service opportunities. Your community needs you.
What will make you act with the same passion as your favorite movie hero? What higher purpose will drive you to your goals?
"There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it."
"We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life."
"Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in."
"Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and live what you are doing."
"I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind....I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living, even after my death!" Anne Frank
"Anybody who believes in something without reservation, believes that this thing is right and should be, has the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them." Golda Meir
"I see so many of my kind who have gone mad for want of something to do." Florence Nightingale
"I only wish I could work to some purpose....I have no right to these easy comfortable days and our poor men suffering and dying thirsting in this hot sun and I so quiet here in want of nothing." Clara Barton
David DeFord has written the book you need to accomplish all that you seek in your life.
Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary-A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement will help you bust past the inevitable obstacles. In the past, you became discouraged and quit chasingwith your dream.< your dreams.
Now, you can press past these roadblocks and reach your chosen destinations.
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- The best way to select your goals
- How to identify your “Great One Thing”
- How to use all of your sense to keep enthused
- How to become the success you seek
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- How to talk yourself into overcoming the temptation to backslide
- How keeping a journal will help you succeed
- Resources that can help you keep your determination high
- Free e-zines to instruct and inspire you
- Discussion groups and forums that can help you
- How giving back to your community helps you deserve abundance
How to Be Like Women of Influence--Life Lessons from 20 of the Greatest
by Pat and Ruth Williams
I finished this book last week. I loved it! I'm not a woman, but I certainly found myself inspired by the lives of these great women.
What do Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O'Connor, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie and Sojourner Truth have in common? Not only are they some of the world's most influential women, their life lessons are now revealed in the latest book by Pat Williams.
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This exceptional book highlights a diverse group of women, from activists, businesswomen and humanitarians to athletes, explorers and scientists-it will appeal to any reader regardless of age, occupation or creative pursuits.
Profiles of women of influence include: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Mary Kay Ash, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart and others. This is not a history book-it is a perfect blueprint for creating a successful life.
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